By Michael Thiel
Lack of trust is very often at the root of any association’s legal work. Legal counsel reviews vendor contracts because people don’t think they can trust those vendors to deliver on all of their promises.
Counsel participates in professional standards proceedings because the parties need an attorney present so they can trust that the hearing will be fair. It would seem, at first glance, that the law is all about lack of trust.
It’s the one meeting most managers—and employees—dread every year: the performance review. But now, with some guidance, performance reviews can be not only valuable, but relatively painless.
To provide an effective performance review, it’s imperative that both you and your employees establish goals to meet within the year. (If you don’t have staff, see the sidebar on tips for small-board AEs.) Goals should be S.M.A.R.T., that is: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely.
by Saul Klein, e-PRO, GRI
As a REALTOR® association executive, you’re not only responsible for constantly improving your leadership skills, but also for growing and cultivating your volunteer leaders’ skills. It’s your duty to instill in the mind of the novice volunteer the traits, characteristics, and examples of effective leadership, as well as what I refer to as the Three Core Principles of association management and leadership:
Ten years ago, if you needed a new receptionist, you put an ad in the local paper. If you needed a government affairs director, maybe you hired a recruiter. Today, the Internet gives you even more avenues—from social networking sites to niche job boards—to easily, and inexpensively, reach a wide pool of qualified candidates. But if you don’t take some precautions, finding someone to work for you may be more work than you bargained for.
Benefits of posting your job online
Through the gloom of default notices, short sales, and foreclosures, there is also the light of first-time homebuyers and investors who are hungry for useful advice and practical tips. And who better to bring this information to consumers than REALTOR® associations, says Philip Tedesco, CEO of the Tucson Association of REALTORS®.
Real estate is very often a family business, so it's no wonder that members of the same family participate in REALTOR® association leadership. Husbands and wives, parents and their children—even grandchildren—often take turns as association president. For AEs, this can be an advantage or a challenge.